Heated Gear Rant.....
Why can't someone design a heated jacket liner with more than a token amount of insulation over top of the heating elements? .[/QUOTE]
I hate to think what the cost would be with armor, plus I would need to carry two jackets, since I don't ride in winter or below freezing, it would make no sense to have a single jacket, and the cost would probably double.
Originally Posted by fasteddiecopeman
From reading your "rant" - I get the impression that you want your heated jacket to be a stand-alone item...?
I always wear mine under whatever jacket I'll be wearing, so I 'adjust' the heat by choice of jacket as well as the setting on the controller, and remove and stow the heated liner when I don't need it.
FWIW - I have ALWAYS had my heated-jacket-liner w/ me on all my rides N (D2D...), worn probably 75% of the time during mornings, but only selected ON about HALF the time, then turned OFF and removed as the sun starts warming things up.
Like Eddie, I carry my Gerbing jacket all the time plus one Lifa underwear, also a baffle that goes into the lower part of my helmet that protects my neck and reduces the airflow entering my helmet.
I carry two types of gloves, one for extreme cold that is designed for snowmobiles, works great with my heated grips and I use them from 14'C and colder. No secret about layering, I did backpacking / canoeing for over 30 years, polypropylene / synthetic & layering, I have been out and active at some very extreme temperatures, the coldest was minus 35 with a wind chill of minus 65, one key thing is you should never sweat, very dangerous , as eventually you lose insulation value . Like I said layering is important, a jacket that had insulation plus heat would be limited to night time operation or overcast days , basically very limited and as I said before very expensive if you wanted protection integral to the jacket. Then again if you got millions to spend, why not.Everything I buy I try and justify it is worth the price I payed and I intend to use it more than twice a year.